In Palais de Tokyo, a palace built for the 1937 International Exposition, and turned into a modern-art museum in 1961. The 8,000+ works in its collection span the sundry trends in 20th-century art. It hosts retrospectives zooming in on the prominent movements and artists that populated the 20th-century artistic scene, and more focused exhibitions showcasing the main trends shaping art today.
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Balzac’s only remaining home in Paris is nestled on the Passy hillside. The displays showcase this novelist’s keepsakes, paintings and engravings, objects belonging to his friends, families and contemporaries, and a sizeable collection of original works, manuscripts and illustrations. Closed until April 2012.
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This museum is in the gardens and ateliers where Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) lived and worked, and features an exceptional collection of plaster, bronze and marble sculptures. Bourdelle learned from Rodin, and mentored Giacometti’, Richier and de Vieira da Silva. The extension that Christian de Portzamparc built in 1992 captures the full wealth and breadth of this sculptor’s work.
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Quarrymen first dug these tunnels in ancient times (that was where they extracted the plaster used to build the original Paris). They were later used to warehouse the remains of six or seven million Parisians, when authorities decided to shut down this city’s cemeteries in the 19th century. Discover the catacombs with our video...
Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris
The paintings, sculptures, furniture and scale models that the collections in these two erstwhile townhouses in the Marais conceal tell the story of Paris from prehistoric days to the present. This museum also features a handsome collection of drawings, prints, photographs and posters – and a remarkable coin cabinet.
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Musée Cernuschi – Musée d’Art Asiatique de la Ville de Paris
Financier Henri Cernuschi bequeathed to the City of Paris his townhouse skirting Parc Monceau and the handsome assortment of Far-Eastern art that he had amassed during his travels. This museum features a remarkable collection of Chinese art (Neolithic pottery, antediluvian bronzes, Buddha statues, funerary statuettes, and a stunning collection of 20th-century paintings).
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Businessman Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jay gathered this museum’s collection between 1900 and 1925. The couple that had founded the Samaritaine department store spent part of the fortune they had amassed on works of art – and had a penchant for 18th-century French artists. Ernest donated this collection to the City of Paris when he died in 1928.
This museum’s collections include paintings and sculptures by leading lights (Lemoyne, Chardin and Fragonard) side by side with those of lesser-known masters (Lavreince and Saly). The woodwork, furniture and decorative art encapsulate something about elegant society’s lifestyle in that day.
Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
A fully-refurbished venue brimming with 1900 modernity and a new collection layout drenched in light – and a gorgeous winter garden featuring mosaic-trimmed ponds and colonnades, opening out onto a café and restaurant.
www.petitpalais.paris.fr (English version)
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Crypte Archéologique du Parvis de Notre-Dame
The archaeological crypt under Notre-Dame Cathedral Square has been converted into a shelter for relics found in the course of 1965 and later excavations run by the city’s archaeological and architectural history office.
These rooms opened in 1980 to show the remainders of the buildings that had stood on that spot from ancient times to the 19th century. Musée Carnavalet operates this site.
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Musée Galliera - Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
The palace that the Duchess of Galliera had built in the 19th century has housed this living tribute to the history of fashion since 1977. Its prominent temporary exhibitions showcase its 100,000-garment collection featuring sumptuous 18th-century costumes, accoutrement by top couturiers and creators, and practically everything in between. Closed until autumn 2013.
Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris - Musée Jean Moulin
These two City of Paris museums were inaugurated on 24 August and 3 September 1994 in the course of celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary of the city’s liberation. They tell the stories of two emblematic WWII leaders, liberator Marshal Leclerc de Hauteclocque and resistant Jean Moulin.
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Musée de la Vie Romantique
This atmosphere museum has kept the lure of the bygone-day Nouvelle Athènes quarter townhouses untouched. It once belonged to painter Ary Scheffer and his nephew by marriage Ernest Renan, and became a shrine to writer George Sand, one of the Romanticism’s leading lights. Across the courtyard, you will find the atelier where Ary Scheffer worked – and met Chopin, Liszt, Lamartine, Tourgueniev, Delacroix and other celebrities – from 1830 to 1858.
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The City of Paris has kept the two houses where Victor Hugo lived the longest : Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée on Place des Vosges (where he lived from 1832 to 1848) in Paris and Hauteville House in Guernsey (where he lived in exile, from 1855 to 1870).
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Visit Hauteville House in Guernsey : where Victor Hugo lived in exile, from 1855 to 1870.
Ossip Zadkine, a Russian artist who emigrated to Paris in 1908, lived and worked here from 1928 to his death in 1967. The collection features more than 400 sculptures and roughly that many paintings, gouaches, drawings and photos documenting and spanning every period in this sculptor’s life and work. This museum regularly takes in guest artists to confront Zadkine’s work with contemporary movements.
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